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New LDV D90 seven-seat SUV spied

China’s answer to the Ford Everest has been busted testing in Australia. 

LDV, the chinese brand which has made a name for itself in Australia with competitive and competent commercial vans, is about to expand its local offering with a range of dual-cab utes.

But it is the company’s upcoming seven-seat SUV that could provide the biggest opportunity for the burgeoning brand.  

New LDV D90 seven-seat SUV spied

Spotted in Wollongong by an eagle-eyed reader, the camo-cloaked cars are likely to be undergoing validation testing for local conditions and regulations in preparation for a local launch. 

Based on the brand’s upcoming debut T60 dual-cab ute, the future large SUV – to be called D90 – will take on similar ute based offerings like the Ford Everest and Toyota Fortuner. 

Previewed by the Maxus D90 concept at the 2016 Beijing motor, the styling looks to have been watered down slightly from the sharp lines that dominated the show car, but key features like the headlights, prominent fog lights and large octagonal grille remain. 

As the D90 is based on the upcoming T60, it should be powered by the same 2.8-litre turbodiesel unit that produces 110kW and comes with the choice of either a manual or automatic transmission with power delivered to all four wheels. 

The T60 dual-cab will also come with a range of safety equipment and driver aids that will ensure it gets a five-star ANCAP safety rating. 

More details are expected when the car is fully revealed, potentially as early as next week at the Shanghai motor show. 

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